For the past 18 years I have been working with the poor people of the southernmost part of India. For generations they have been economically deprived, illiterate and lived in dehumanized conditions. My only hope of rescuing them from this improvised situation would be to educate their children. I was truly convinced that their second generation of children could live considerably better lives as well educated individuals.
To improve their chances of success I would take in some of the children and provide them with a home, educational classes and proper care. This has been the philosophy behind the Bethany Home for Children, which welcomes poor children regardless of religion, community or social status.
The Bethany Home for Children is not an institution such as a hostel, boarding home or an orphanage. Here, the children have a home where my wife and I are mother and father to the children. In order to retain the family atmosphere we do not take in more than 15 to 25 children. Otherwise the home will lose its family atmosphere. All of us live, pray and dine together. In our home we are able to pay personal attention to every child and give him or her the warmth of our love and acceptance. The children find our home a haven where electricity, running water, good food, accommodation, and above all, good education is available to all of them. Our children in the Bethany Home are truly happy and content.